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Emma Hayes praises Chelsea’s ‘one-club’ approach as WSL reaches finale

Emma Hayes has credited Chelsea’s inclusive “one club” policy for helping transport her team to within touching distance of the Women’s Super League title and Champions League trophy. Some WSL teams are still treated as second-, or even third-class citizens in comparison to their sibling men’s sides but Roman Abramovich, Chelsea’s owner, has always had […]

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Leeds v Tottenham: match preview

As a Tottenham player Ryan Mason became accustomed to hearing his old manager, Mauricio Pochettino, sing Marcelo Bielsa’s praises. Back then Mason could hardly have envisaged leading Spurs against Bielsa’s Leeds at Elland Road in his capacity as the team’s 29-year-old interim manager. Or that Tottenham’s hopes of European qualification could rest on victory in […]

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In trouble from top to bottom: chaotic Arsenal are failing in all areas

Eleven hours and very possibly a sleepless night after the worst moment of his managerial career, Mikel Arteta was asked to rake back over the debris. Arsenal have been condemned to a year in the shadows and he was left to discuss why things have gone so badly wrong after, in his words, “investing every […]

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Not cricket? Scientists suggest bamboo bats are a match for willow

Cricket has been bowled a googly by scientists who have suggested the traditional willow used to make bats could be replaced by bamboo to increase their sustainability and boost the sport’s reach. “Willow has been the principal material for cricket bats for centuries,” said Dr Darshil Shah at the University of Cambridge, who co-authored the […]

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Richmond’s MCG fortress breached again but alarm bells not sounding just yet

There are a number of ways one could choose to interpret Geelong’s dominant victory over Richmond on Friday night. The temptation is always to focus on the winning team. Could this be the triumph the Cats will reflect upon as catalytic in yet another push to the deeper climes of September? At a time when […]

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Mercedes expect Lewis Hamilton to sign new two-year deal for 2022 by August

Lewis Hamilton has indicated he is eager to conclude a new deal that will see him continuing to race on in Formula One. After his victory in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix the world champion said he would like to be in a position to have concluded negotiations with his Mercedes team by the time F1 […]

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Solskjær says youngsters in contention as Manchester United fixtures pile up

Ole Gunnar Solskjær insists he will not risk the welfare of his Manchester United players as they prepare for the second of three Premier League fixtures in five days, hinting players such as Shola Shoretire and Amad Diallo could come into the reckoning for Tuesday’s meeting with Leicester. United’s victory at Aston Villa on Sunday, […]